Guide to the Thomas Woodruff, Jr. (1720-1805), Carpenter and Coffin Maker Day book 1776-1780 MG 191

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Descriptive Summary
Biographical Note
Scope and Content Note
Restrictions
Access Points
Related Material
Administrative Information
Bibliography

Container List

Account Book


Guide to the Thomas Woodruff, Jr. (1720-1805), Carpenter and Coffin Maker Daybook1776-1780
1776-1780
MG 191

The New Jersey Historical Society
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Inventory prepared by Jeff MacMillan, August 2000, as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Finding aid encoded by Julia Telonidis. February 2006. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Woodruff, Thomas, Jr. 1720-1805.
Title: Thomas Woodruff, Jr. (1720-1805), Carpenter and Coffin Maker

Daybook

Dates: 1776-1780
Abstract: Financial records kept by Thomas Woodruff, Jr., a carpenter and coffin maker from Elizabethtown, New Jersey.
Quantity: .01 linear feet
Collection Number: MG 191

Biographical Note

Thomas Woodruff, Jr. (1720-1805) was a carpenter and coffin maker in Elizabethtown (now Elizabeth), New Jersey. Elizabethtown was founded in 1665 by John Woodruff (1637-1691) and Sarah Ogden (ca. 1643-after1675), and became the home of many generations of Woodruffs, many of whom became prominent public figures, soldiers, and merchants in the town. The son of Thomas Woodruff (1689-1754), grandson of the founder John Woodruff (1637-1691), and Hannah Ward (1691-1757), Thomas Woodruff, Jr. (1720-1805) married twice during his lifetime. His first wife, Mary Donnegan (1721-1742) died very young, while his second wife, Mary Tyson (1745-1838), lived to be 93 years old. With Mary Tyson, he had a son named Thomas Tyson Woodruff (1781-1855) who moved to New York City sometime before 1800. Following or accompanying their son, Thomas and Mary Woodruff also moved to New York City in the early part of the 19th century.

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Scope and Content Note

The records consist of a daybook documenting Thomas Woodruff, Jr.’s business transactions from October 21, 1776 through November 22, 1777 and October 12, 1779 through October 9, 1780. Each entry lists the client, date, service rendered, and method of payment as well as Woodruff’s own purchases. Woodruff’s services as a carpenter include cutting planks, repairing locks, and making barrels, however the majority of the transactions in the day book involve making coffins. Most of the coffin-making entries list the name of the deceased and/or their relation to the account holder (example: to coffin for daughter of Isaac Woodruff).

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Use Restrictions

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

The New Jersey Historical Society complies with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Woodruff, Thomas, Jr., 1720-1805.
Subject Topics:
Barrel makers–New Jersey–Elizabeth.
Carpenters–New Jersey–Elizabeth.
Coffin makers–New Jersey–Elizabeth.
Subject Places:
Elizabeth (N.J.)
Union County (N.J.)
Document Types:
Daybooks.

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Related Material

Manuscript Group 190, Seth Woodruff (1742-1815), Weaver, Account book

Manuscript Group 192, William Woodruff (fl. 1771-1803), Gravedigger, Records

Manuscript Group 1259, Terrill Funeral Home Records

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 191, Seth Woodruff (1742-1815), Weaver

Account Book, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

The source of this collection is unknown.

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Bibliography

Abstract of Wills Vol. 13: 1814-1817. New Jersey Archives: First Series Vol. 42.

Woodruff, Ceylon Newton. Woodruff Chronicles: A Geneology (Vol. I & II). The Arthur H. Clark Company : Glendale, California, 1967.

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Container List

Account Book

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Weaver Account Book 1761-1812

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